O Shenandoah! Viva's Songnotes

"Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame." -- Song of Solomon 8:6

I heard your voice
through the trees,
in the wind,
on a breeze,
caught it
and brought it to my heart.

A hint of heaven
in the air,
murmurings of God,
tales of love,
songs of sin
echoed in my mind.

On this rutted path,
I walked with you,
talked with you,
and held you fast.

Now to the world
by fate or chance,
for truth and beauty,
honor and care,
vows to share
pledged by faith.


"It is quite interesting that the typical toast in Judaism is - L’Chaim. Have you ever thought about the actual word L’Chaim—meaning “to life”? Notice that this toast doesn’t say, “To a good life.” It just says to life. Why is that? I believe that we need to celebrate life as it is—the wonderful myriad of ups and downs. If we take ourselves too seriously, if we don’t really take the chance to smell the roses, then the journey itself may be missed...." -- Josh Gamson, Director of Education, Congregation of Reformed Judaism

"....I loved your master perfectly/ I taught him all that he knew/ He was starving in some deep mystery/ like a man who is sure what is true/ And I sent you to him with my guarantee/ I could teach him something new/ and I taught him how you would long for me/ no matter what he said no matter what you'd do."
-- The Master Song, by Leonard Cohen

"God is coming and She's angry"
-- bumper sticker


(Midi below: Exodus)

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Video below: "Exodus" performed by Ferrante and Teicher